Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 21,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1880 3CN MS obverse 1880 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Just a token emission of three-cent pieces was produced this year, and it's doubtful that any of these coins were made in response to actual demand. By 1880 Americans were finding that they could manage quite well with the cent and nickel as their minor coins.

Most 1880 three-cent pieces known today are Mint State or very close to it. They are generally well struck and faintly prooflike. Circulated examples are quite rare, gems disproportionately available in relation to overall numbers.

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Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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1880 3CN MS
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Base $ 120 145 175 195 215 265 285 310 335 370 390 430 485 685 885 1100 2850 - - -
$ 215 - - - - - - 440 535 750 1000 1350 6700 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 225
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1880 3CN MS
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Base-111023771247-310223744433---225
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Total-111023771247-310223744434---226
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1880 3CN MS
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Base11114719425132037841545052757564268472577484792513332009300949351147319180
123162213274339390426475543597656697741798873106115582342365171141404220139
0000004264755435976566977417988731061155823423651711400
0000004385015596196707117578228991197178326754293929300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 2009
Owner: Ben McQuaide
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 925
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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